worthy of my parentage

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worthy of my parentage

However odd this may sound to contemporary ears, it is certainly true that Percy Bysshe Shelley deeply romanticized Mary's origins, seeing her as singled out by her birth for great literary accomplishment. He pays tribute to her in these terms in his Dedication to The Revolt of Islam, the epic-romance he wrote simultaneously with her composition of Frankenstein. Although some commentators have seen the pressures to write to which her lover/husband subjected Mary Shelley as pernicious, it did not originate with him so much as in the milieu in which Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin was raised. There, writing (William Godwin) and publishing (Mary Jane Clairmont, his second wife) was what one did.